what sort of food is best?
Topic: what sort of food is best?
June 16, 2019 / By Darcie Question:
thanks to all of you who answered my first question but i saw that most of you said that purina (pro-plan)is not good food, what should i give her then, i brought beneful for her once and she loved it is beneful good?
I am from trinidad (caribbean)and we may not have all the brands that you all have in the United States or elsewhere
Best Answers: what sort of food is best?
Brandi | 9 days ago
There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.
Read the ingredients before you buy.
Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)
Here is an article about byproducts:
And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
* Artemis Fresh Mix
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Fromm Four Star
* Nature's Variety
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...
Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.
What *NOT* to buy:
Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)
Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)
Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.
Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section:http://www.hillsvet.com/hillsvet/ourCompany/ourCompany.hjsp )
Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
- small, locally owned petstores
- dog boutiques
- farm supply stores
When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
25% food A, 75% food B
50% food A, 50% food B
75% food A, 25% food B
100% food A
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Personally we use Ol'Roy from Walmart and my dogs and cats have always enjoyed it, that's what we feed them right now, the higher priced ones in the store don't mean they are better, and vets charge way to much for their recommended brands, try ol'roy at walmart its good stuff and inexpensive. They will love it and ours are healthy and active, my kitten has eaten the kitten food and is as big and healthy as other cats, our dog is very active being on it. Good Luck!!
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Beneful is awful, many of its foods dont even contain meat! Just meat flavouring. Since I have no Idea what brands you have there it would be easier for me to explain what a good food contains and then you can label read yourself.
You never want to see:
*Corn, its a cheap filler with no nutrition used by bad companies
*salt, coloring, dyes, or sugar, unhealthy and not necessary
*Bha, bht, ethoxyquin, or other unpronouncable chemicals and preservatives
* The word by-product. It means basically that the whole animal was thrown in the grinder, fur, feathers, hooves, internal organs, undeveloped offspring and all that stuff.
You do want to see:
*Specified protien sources It should say beef or beef meal, chicken or chicken meal for example. Not poultry or meat, this means anything that flys or walks
* Three of the first five ingredients need to be protien sources
* A short pronouncble list of ingredients
Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com any dog food 3 stars and above is good. Do you have Petsmart near? They sell Blue Buffalo, a good brand. Or other dog supply chains Some good foods are Merrick, Blue Buffalo, Wilderness, Wellness, Canidae, Fromm, Now!, Innova, Evo, Solid Gold, Eagle pack, Timber Wolf, Mother Hubbard, CHicken Soup. You could also cocider home made or raw foods if you have to
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I do not know if you have a place to buy food other than a grocery store? Purina, Pedigree, Iams, all the big brands are usually not too good. If you do not have a specialty pet store, another option is mail ordering food from a pet supply company.
Honestly I do not have a problem with Pro Plan. I know a lot of the US's top show dogs do great on Pro Plan. But if your dog is not digesting it well, then just do some experimenting to find a food that sits better with your Rottie.
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Eagle Pack Holistic is a great food too. My dogs love it and do well on it!
Its rated a 4 stars! But it should be rated more since it helps with allergies on my dogs and most dogs love it.
I'm sure you can order it online from http://eaglepack.com/ !
They have different kinds to choose from. My dogs like the Lamb and Rice!
I wouldn't recommend Beneful or anything from grocery store or Walmart!
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Purina pro plan and Beneful are not good dog foods at all!!!!
Here are some good dog foods:::
CANIDAE All Life Stage formula:::
I am not sure if they have it in Caribbean but you could look. :)
Or you could just order it off line.
Here is the dog food to look for:::
Some other good dog foods are:::::::
1. "Solid Gold" Barking at the Moon
i don't know if they have them where you live but i hope they do
2. Wellness Core --- http://www.petco.com/shop/product.aspx?f...
Dry Dog Food
4. "Instinct" Grain-Free Kibble for Dogs
5. Wellness Super5Mix Lamb
6. Wellness Super5Mix Chicken
Well i hope this helps and i hope they have at least one of these dog food brands in the caribbean! :)
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No beneful is crap too sorry! =)
Here check out this site and when you find a food you like, go to their website and see if they have stores located near you that sell that brand of food
What you need to do is look at the ingredients on the back of the bag.
Meat products should be first. And you don't want a food with corn fillers or by products
This is an example of high quality dog food ingredients, MERRICK-
Bad example, Alpo
Edit** Beneful is rated one star
Purina is rated 1 star
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